We were very fortunate to have Michael Hosaluk here for a visit yesterday in the UW shop. Michael gave 5 hours of demonstrations to the undergraduate wood classes and introduced them to the exciting possibilities that the lathe can bring to woodworking. If you ever get the opportunity to see Michael at work... take it! He is an amazing turner and wonderful instructor.
If you are in the Milwaukee area in the near future, check out this show at the Haggerty Museum! The show was curated by Claudia Mooney of the Chipstone Foundation and features work by wood department alumni Heather McCalla, Hongtao Zhou, and Jason Ramey.
An Exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation
Featuring work by UW alumni Heather McCalla, Hongtao Zhou, Jason Ramey, and Niki Johnson.
Show runs January 22 through August 3, 2014
Today’s obsessive materialism occurs without consideration of what happens to things when we no longer need or want them. In An Aesthetic Afterlife, five Wisconsin artists literally address the myriad problems raised by our “throw-away culture.” But they do so somewhat optimistically, using old objects to create beautiful works of art. Secondhand objects are saved from their potential graves, proving that it is possible for them to live an aesthetic and purposeful afterlife.
Haggerty Museum of Art
13th and Clybourn Streets
Milwaukee, WI 53201
So I have begun the "OhcrapIhavetoputtogethermythesis" phase of building the pieces for my MFA show in April. The show is going to center on two old upright bass cases that I acquired. My recent work has been inspired by cabinets of curiosity, and my intention for one of these is to build a cabinet inside the case. I've been looking at Wooton patent desks for ideas. Below are a couple of sketches; it will probably be a combination of both in the end. Not sure if I will get it completely full of curiosities before the show, but I will definitely try.
"Get Paddled" was a collaborative exhibition put on by the current graduate students in the woodworking department. For the exhibition, each graduate student made multiple, one-of-a-kind ping pong paddles that were then placed in the gallery for display and selection. Three ping pong tables inside of the gallery allowed viewers to become participants, pick their paddle, and challenge friends and faculty to get paddled.